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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Ophthalmology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,961Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 171 out of 1774

$479K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 146 out of 1774

1,058 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98% Patients 65 Years and Older

21% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
higher than average Average for
this specialty
in California
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,033 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

0% of this provider’s 1,033 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Opioids

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Brand Name Drugs

69% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 50%.

Prescription Price

$121 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $100 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

4 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 5.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$383K

2012

$367K

2013

$509K

2014

$479K

2015

Number of Claims

4,732

2012

4,513

2013

5,045

2014

3,961

2015

This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
DUREZOL

Used to treat eye swelling ... +

Used to treat eye swelling and pain after eye surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

363

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

351

prescriptions.

292

patients, 28% of all patients

1 21
VIGAMOX

Treats eye infections that ... +

Treats eye infections that are caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

343

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

338

prescriptions.

267

patients, 25% of all patients

2 14
LATANOPROST

Latanoprost ophthalmic is u... +

Latanoprost ophthalmic is used to treat glaucoma (a condition in which increased pressure in the eye can lead to gradual loss of vision) and ocular hypertension (a condition which causes increased pressure in the eye). Source: National Library of Medicine

323

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

318

prescriptions.

70

patients, 7% of all patients

3 1
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE

Ophthalmic prednisolone red... +

Ophthalmic prednisolone reduces the irritation, redness, burning, and swelling of eye inflammation caused by chemicals, heat, radiation, infection, allergy, or foreign bodies in the eye. Source: National Library of Medicine

301

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

296

prescriptions.

178

patients, 17% of all patients

4 2
BESIVANCE

Treats bacterial conjunctiv... +

Treats bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye). Source: National Library of Medicine

254

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

249

prescriptions.

196

patients, 19% of all patients

5 28
FLUOROMETHOLONE

Treats eye conditions cause... +

Treats eye conditions caused by inflammation (swelling). Source: National Library of Medicine

210

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

126

patients, 12% of all patients

6 31
PROLENSA

Used to treat pain or swell... +

Used to treat pain or swelling of the eye following cataract surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

177

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

136

patients, 13% of all patients

7 25
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE

Ketorolac is used to reliev... +

Ketorolac is used to relieve moderately severe pain, usually after surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

173

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

121

patients, 11% of all patients

R 8 12
TOBRAMYCIN

Used to treat serious bacte... +

Used to treat serious bacterial infections in many different parts of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

105

patients, 10% of all patients

9 52
ILEVRO

Used to treat eye pain, red... +

Used to treat eye pain, redness, and swelling in patients who are recovering from cataract surgery (procedure to treat clouding of the lens in the eye). Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

106

patients, 10% of all patients

10 17
TIMOLOL MALEATE

Ophthalmic timolol is used ... +

Ophthalmic timolol is used to treat glaucoma, a condition in which increased pressure in the eye can lead to gradual loss of vision. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

10 3
ERYTHROMYCIN*

Treats eye infections. Belo... +

Treats eye infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

53

patients, 5% of all patients

A 12 16
LUMIGAN

The eyedrop reduces pressur... +

The eyedrop reduces pressure inside the eye that is caused by glaucoma or ocular (eye) hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

114

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

13 4
RESTASIS

Treats chronic dry eye dise... +

Treats chronic dry eye disease by increasing the amount of tears in your eyes. Source: National Library of Medicine

112

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

54

patients, 5% of all patients

14 6
TRAVATAN Z

Reduces pressure inside the... +

Reduces pressure inside the eye that is caused by glaucoma or ocular hypertension (high blood pressure in the eye). Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

15 7
LOTEMAX

Reduces both internal and e... +

Reduces both internal and external inflammation of the eye. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

16 23
NEVANAC 84

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

72

patients, 7% of all patients

17 30
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL

The combination of dorzolam... +

The combination of dorzolamide and timolol is used to treat eye conditions, including glaucoma and ocular hypertension, in which increased pressure can lead to a gradual loss of vision. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

18 5
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH

Dexamethasone reduces the i... +

Dexamethasone reduces the irritation, redness, burning, and swelling of eye caused by chemicals, heat, radiation, infection, allergy, or foreign bodies in the eye. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

19 18
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE

Ophthalmic brimonidine is u... +

Ophthalmic brimonidine is used to lower pressure in the eyes in patients who have glaucoma (high pressure in the eyes that may damage nerves and cause vision loss) and ocular hypertension (pressure in the eyes that is higher than normal but not high enough to cause vision loss). Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

20 8
DORZOLAMIDE HCL

Ophthalmic dorzolamide is u... +

Ophthalmic dorzolamide is used to treat glaucoma, a condition in which increased pressure in the eye can lead to gradual loss of vision. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

21 15
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE

Tobramycin and dexamethason... +

Tobramycin and dexamethasone is a combination of an antibiotic and a corticosteroid. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

22 26
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on Oct. 16, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.